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Heating and Motor Fuel FAQ

Why is the price my dealer is charging for (heating oil, propane, kerosene, gasoline, Diesel fuel) higher than the price posted on your website?

Four gasoline stations at an intersection in my town all have different prices. Isn't this a sign of price manipulation?

All the heating oil dealers in my area are charging roughly the same price for oil. Isn't this a sign of price fixing?

Why doesn't the State do something about rising fuels prices?

I think my (heating oil, propane, kerosene) dealer is raising the price illegally. What can I do?

I am considering replacing my current heating system with one that burns a different fuel because I can pay less per gallon. What fuel do you recommend?

I can't afford to pay for my heating fuel. Is there any help available?

What heating fuel does the Office of Energy and Planning recommend?

I am interested in increasing the energy efficiency of my house and in using more renewable energy. Does the Office of Energy and Planning have any incentives to help with costs?

Should I pre-buy my heating fuel?

My heating fuel dealer offers a budget plan. How does such a plan work and should I enroll in one?

back to topWhy is the price my dealer is charging for (heating oil, propane, kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel) higher than the price posted on your website?

See Deliverable Fuels Pricing.

back to topFour gasoline stations at an intersection in my town all have different prices. Isn't this a sign of price manipulation?

See Deliverable Fuels Pricing.

back to topAll the heating oil dealers in my area are charging roughly the same price for oil. Isn't this a sign of price fixing?

See Deliverable Fuels Pricing.

back to topWhy doesn't the state do something about rising fuels prices?

See Deliverable Fuels Pricing.

back to topI think my (heating oil, propane, kerosene) dealer is raising the price illegally. What can I do?

The fact that deliverable fuels' prices are not regulated means that price changes alone may not be violations of law. However, if you believe that a dealer has violated provisions of a formal contract, or if you feel that you may be the victim of deceptive marketing practices, you might want to contact the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau at the NH Department of Justice. For additional information, see the Consumer Contacts page at the Office of Consumer Advocate.

back to topI am considering replacing my current heating system with one that burns a different fuel because I can pay less per gallon. What fuel do you recommend?

Price relationships can change. Thus, anticipated savings might not be realized. Furthermore, replacing a heating system can be costly. If you need to replace your heating system in any case, be sure to compare the efficiency of your current system with efficiencies of systems you are considering purchasing as a replacement. Another consideration is the heat content of the fuel. Different fuels may have different per-gallon prices, but they also have different heat contents (expressed in British thermal units or Btu) per gallon. Thus, a direct cost comparison is not feasible. See Fuel Prices.

back to topI can't afford to pay for my heating fuel. Is there any help available?

back to topWhat heating fuel does Office of Energy and Planning recommend?

The Office of Energy and Planning does not and cannot recommend specific heating fuels. The considerations are numerous and their relative importance can vary significantly from household to household.

back to topI am interested in increasing the energy efficiency of my house and in using more renewable energy. Does the Office of Energy and Planning have any incentives to help with costs?

OEP itself does not provide incentives, however there are numerous sources of assistance.

back to topShould I pre-buy my heating fuel?

See Pre-buy Contracts for Heating Fuels.

back to topMy heating fuel dealer offers a budget plan. How does such a plan work and should I enroll in one?

See Fuel Payment Budget Plans.


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